B.S. Computer and Electrical Engineering

Would you like to apply your analytical skills in the design of new computer-based systems?
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering prepares you to work with both computer hardware and software through courses and labs that combine electrical engineering and computer science. Our curriculum is calculus-based, and covers:

  • Electrical engineering
  • Robotics
  • Electronics
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Wireless communication
  • Systems engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Analysis and design of computer systems
  • Design of hardware and software systems that use embedded digital processors


  • Graduates of the program receive automatic minors in Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Minor in Biomedical Instrumentation is available

The Computer and Electrical Engineering program at UW-Stout is ideally suited to help you develop skills that align with the needs of regional and national industries. This program will help you develop computer engineering skills with a strong background in both electrical engineering and computer science.

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UW-Stout’s Computer and Electrical Engineering program is a calculus-based program in which you’ll progress from a solid foundation in mathematics and science, through to practical skills in analysis and design. The program includes a strong emphasis on laboratory activities and student engineering design projects. Particular focus is placed on the design of hardware and software for engineering systems that utilize embedded digital processors such as microprocessors, microcontrollers, digital signal processors and personal computers.

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Resources available to you include an outstanding cooperative education program and the Stout Technology Transfer Institute. A part of UW-Stout’s Discovery Center, the STTI is a nationally-recognized center that assists regional businesses in applying innovative technologies to become more competitive. As you progress toward your degree, both of these resources provide valuable opportunities for you to learn through practical, on-the-job experiences while still enrolled at UW-Stout.

Preparing for Computer and Electrical Engineering

As a student in the Computer and Electrical Engineering program, you must have an aptitude for science and mathematics. We encourage you to take as many upper-level math and science courses in high school as possible, including mathematics through algebra and trigonometry, physics, and chemistry. Early development of computer skills is also very helpful.

Admissions Requirements

The following requirements are only for these four Engineering programs:

New Freshmen

  • Rank in the top 40 percent of your class (or for high schools that do not rank, earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) with a minimum ACT math score of 22 (or SAT equivalent)
  • have a minimum ACT score of 22 (or SAT equivalent) with a minimum ACT math score of 22 (or SAT equivalent)

Students who do not meet one of the academic requirements above will be admitted as Pre-Engineering and may qualify for the Engineering major by completing the appropriate courses at UW-Stout.

Transfer Students 

Only ONE of the following three need be met:

1. Both "Test A" and "Test B" below must be satisfied:

  • Test A 
    • have a minimum ACT composite score of 22 (or SAT equivalent)
    • rank in the top 40 percent of your high school graduating class (or for high schools that do not rank, earn a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
  • Test B
    • have a minimum ACT math score of 22

2. You have transferred either of the following Calculus courses with a grade of "B" or better (note: a grade of "B-" is not sufficient):

  • MATH-153: Calculus I  or  MATH-156: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

3. You have transferred the following sequence of courses with an earned cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale:

  • MATH-153: Calculus I  or  MATH-156: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH-154: Calculus II  or  MATH-157: Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
  • PHYS-291: Statics  or  PHYS-281: University Physics I
  • CHEM-135: College Chemistry I

If you do not meet any of the academic requirements above, but do meet the requirements for general admission to the university, you will be admitted to the university as Pre-Engineering. You may qualify for the engineering major by meeting either requirement 2 or 3 once at UW-Stout.

Objectives & Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

The Computer and Electrical Engineering program develops computer engineers who are:

  • in demand by employers
  • recognized for their ability to apply engineering expertise
  • recognized for their leadership and teamwork skills
  • demonstrate an ability to learn and adapt to the changing environment created by societal and technical influences
  • demonstrate continued career growth and professional development 

Student Outcomes

UW-Stout Computer and Electrical Engineering program graduates will possess:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively 
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • proficiency in the design and implementation of systems using embedded digital processors
Career Opportunities

As a computer and electrical engineer, you will be uniquely suited to meet the needs of many industries. Ability to tackle both hardware and software issues in a wide range of computer systems provides you with great flexibility in your choice of employment. UW-Stout is located in West Central Wisconsin, and is also very close to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. A large number of companies in the region have a demonstrated need for computer and electrical engineers. 

Typical Job Titles

  • Computer Engineer
  • Embedded systems engineer
  • Embedded software engineer
  • Computer hardware engineer
  • Computer software engineer
  • Computer consultant
  • Computer systems engineer
  • Computer design engineer
  • Design and development engineer
  • Software test engineer

Computer and Electrical Engineering Internet Career Resources

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook »
    Bureau of Labor Statistics Section on Engineering includes information on Computer Hardware Engineers and Computer (software) Engineers. Graduates of UW-Stout's program will have the flexibility to choose careers in both categories.
CE Advisory Board

2018 CE Advisory Board

Wei  Shi Program Director UW-Stout, Eng. and Tech. Dept.
Kenan  Baltaci Assistant Professor UW-Stout, Eng. And Tech. Dept
Chris Bendel Associate Dean UW-Stout STEMM
Jeremy  Bergh Principal Engineering Manager, Advanced Flight Deck Systems Rockwell Collins, Inc.
Charles  Bomar Dean UW-Stout, CSTEMM
Diane M.  Christie Game Design and Development Program Director UW-Stout, MS&CS Dept.
Chris Conger Director of Connected Health Technology Phillips Medisize
Michael  Galloway Sr. Engineering Program Manager Medtronic
Robert  Harveland Senior Program Manager Benchmark Electronics
Tom Lacksonen Engineering & Technology Dept. Chair UW-Stout, Eng. and Tech. Dept.
Talen Londre Student Computer & Electrical Engineering Program
Cheng  Lui Professor UW-Stout, Eng. and Tech. Dept.
Terrance Mason Professor UW-Stout, MS&CS Dept.
John  Mueller Retired - High Tech Sales & Marking   3M, Scitex, Intergraph, Bsquare, General Software 
Gindy Neidermyer Associate Dean UW-Stout STEMM
Don  Olson Professor Emeritus UW-Stout, Eng. and Tech. Dept.
Jason  Pecor VP, Business Development Superion Technology Group, Inc.
Andy  Peng Associate Professor UW-Stout, Eng. and Tech. Dept.
Michael  Schatz Economic Development Coordinator City of Eau Claire, Office of Community Planning
Tony  Schubert Professional in the Field Hutchinson Technology Inc.
John  Schultz Assistant Professor UW-Stout, Eng. and Tech. Dept.
Elizabeth  Serratore Information Technology Supervisor 3M Corporation
John  Stafney Professional in the Field  
Keith Stephenson Director, Hardware Management Group (HMG) Cray, Inc.
Maxwell Steuer Professional in the Field Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Mike  Swenson President Mel Foster Company
Jonathan  Woods Retired from GE Healthcare GE Healthcare

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